Introduction to Digital citizenship at home module

As parents, we strive to teach our children well - to empower them to become the best that the can be. We want them to have the life skills to be healthy, happy and wise. We want them to be good citizens - ethical, moral, productive and successful. These expectations are the same in the digital realm as they are in the 'real' world. If we want our children to develop into socially responsible young people, then we would also want them to display appropriate, responsible, safe, ethical behavior when they interact online. "Relatively new terms, "cybercitizenship", "cyber ethics", and "netiquette" refer to responsible cyber social behavior. These terms refer to what people do online when no one else is looking."

When living in any society, there are common rules and expectations to abide by. The same rules apply online. A good cyber-citizen abides by a code of conduct that means we respect and protect ourselves others, and property. "Learning to be safe and to keep others safe, to be respectful and act appropriately with information online (includes personal privacy issues as well as respect for copyright etc) in an online world is as important to young people nowadays as teaching them the road-code and how to keep safe on the road was a generation ago."

The Internet has changed. It is less about a broadcast or poster model and more a two-way process where everyone is connecting and communicating with each other online. As more and more of our children learn, play and communicate online, it is our responsibility as effective parents to discuss, mentor, monitor and role-model responsible cyber-citizenship. This online seminar/resource has been created to provide some additional support for you as you do this.

Something to consider...
The following clip outlines some considerations as America addresses what it means to be a good citizen in the global sense. One young person comments, "I think the problem is parents aren't educated enough, I think the main priority should be to teach the parents because I think that's where the problem kind of initiates."

Structure of the module:
  1. Digital citizenship - Young people in the 21st Century, Parents in the 21st Century, Key Competencies in a digital age
  2. Cyber-safety at home - Online safety issues, Managing online safety at home, Netiquette rules
  3. Managing the issues - Interacting with others, Access, censorship and filtering, Protection of self, identity, reputation and intellectual property
  4. Resources - Current events, Resources for parents and educators, Useful sites for younger kids, Useful sites for older kids
  5. Contact - Feedback invited

Your participation:
This module has been created to encourage you as parents and caregivers to consider how to mentor and monitor your children's digital footprint at home. You are invited to engage with the material provided and any comments, queries are valued and invited. We hope this module will ignite new thinking, inspire new action and encourage dialogue around Digital citizenship at home.

Additional resources to consider:

Module 1
ICT PD Digital citizenship and cybersafety module

Module 2
ICT PD Digital citizenship and copyright module